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Three-star 2017 DB Korey Hernandez committed to Arkansas.

The trick of Hernandez's commitment is that he hasn't actually visited Arkansas yet. He is set to remedy that on July 21. SEC Country interviewed him over the phone on Friday and the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said, "I didn’t feel the need to [make the visit first]. I heard everything I needed to, so once I get down there it’ll just be confirming all the great stories and things of that nature." Just because he hasn't made the visit yet, Hernandez's commitment should probably be viewed as a soft one. While he has been utilized in a variety of roles on both offense and defense at Cedar Grove High, Hernandez plans on playing corner at the collegiate level.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 26 - 1:37 PM

While speaking to the parents of high school prospects in Tampa, Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said, "I think I should get arrested every day when they tell me what I make."

Bielema brought home $4 million in 2015 and is set to make $4.25 million per year moving forward through 2020. That he referenced this to a group of parents is somewhat odd, but Bielema is something of an odd cat. He also told his audience, "I'm a laid-back dude. I'm a flip-flop wearing, reggae-loving guy that just kinda loves my job." After crawling out to a 2-4 record to start the 2015 season, Bielema and company turned matters around to finish out 6-1, with only a 51-50 loss to Mississippi State in late November marring that fantastic close to the campaign.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 1:32 PM

Texas graduate C Jake Raulerson transferred to Arkanasas.

Raulerson has had himself an interesting offseason. He initially planned on transferring to UCLA, but after they turned him down for the MBA and MAE graduate programs, he reversed course. SMU was an immediate contender for his commitment after UCLA failed to come through -- he went so far as to tweet out a picture of his acceptance letter to the Mustangs -- but instead, he will be pursuing a business administration degree at Arkansas. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder will be able to play immediately come the start of the 2016 season and has two years of eligibility remaining to his good name. He played in eight games last season.
Jun 16 - 2:22 PM

Texas redshirt junior C Jake Raulerson will not be transferring to UCLA.

Raulerson said in late January that he would be joining the Bruins for 2016, but that transfer will not be happening. The 6-foot-4, 294-pounder did not receive admission to his two graduate programs of choice at UCLA (MBA and Masters in Applied Economics). Bruin Report's Tracy Pierson hears that Raulerson will mostly likely transfer to SMU, now, where he will pursue an MBA. He is looking to get into sports management after he hangs up his cleats. Wherever he transfers, he will have two years of eligibility remaining to his name beginning this season.
Jun 9 - 1:53 PM

Speaking at the SEC spring meetings, Arkansas HC Bret Bielema forwarded the idea of an SEC-Big Ten challenge.

"Have the Big Ten and the SEC go together on two different weekends, seven teams [from each conference participating] ... It would be an awesome thing for everybody involved," Bielema said. College basketball likely served as the inspiration here, as events like the ACC-Big Ten Challenge are commonplace at the beginning of the season over on the hard court. Alas, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey indicated that the idea was discussed on Tuesday and gave little sign that it would be implemented any time in the near future. "We generally call those [conference crossovers] bowl games," Sankey said, "but I appreciate the creative thought that's out there."
Source: AL.com
Jun 1 - 4:00 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that he wants his team to play more like Steph Curry and less like LeBron James.

"I told our guys here at Arkansas we need to be a little bit Curry and a little less LeBron. We've got to be a little bit more about the team and working together and the chemistry," Bielema said. If this seems like a bit of a wobbly comparison -- LeBron is legendarily unselfish on the court and has two titles to his name -- that is likely because Bielema "[doesn't] know anything about basketball" by his own admission.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 2:49 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl says Arkansas senior edge rusher Deatrich Wise is a "long-levered and disruptive pass-rusher who has active hands, quality bend and the ability to convert speed to power."

"Wise should be on scouts' radar next year, as he has the measureables and skill set to potentially develop into a top-40 type of prospect," Weidl wrote. Mel Kiper and Josh Norris both see Wise as a possible first-rounder. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wise had eight sacks over his final eight games last year.
May 31 - 8:01 PM

At the SEC spring meetings, Arkansas HC Bret Bielema reiterated his belief that undrafted underclassmen should retain their eligibility.

"The NFL doesn't want players too early that aren't ready. And the NCAA, us guys, don't want [players] to leave too early. It makes too much sense to not have it happen," Bielema said. He made this same point shortly after the draft. Bielema and Alabama HC Nick Saban are in favor of an "underclassman combine" of some variety after the close of the regular season. "If (an underclassman) could sit down with NFL people or personnel people that are making the decisions firsthand," Bielema said, "I think it could be a great resource. And you know what? It works out better for everybody. Graduation rates to go up. Success rates go up." In this most recent draft, 96 players who declared early went undrafted.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 4:53 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior QB Austin Allen completed 13-of-19 passes for 141 yards in the program's spring game.

Allen entered the game having already been named the starter for 2016, making his spring statistical line even less meaningful than it otherwise would have been. HC Bret Bielema said earlier this offseason that the Razorback team has "a certain amount of trust and faith" in the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder. He is the younger brother of 2015 starting gunslinger Brandon Allen.
May 23 - 4:40 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough noted that "[Arkansas coaches] say [senior TE Jeremy Sprinkle is] better after the catch than [Hunter] Henry."

"[Sprinkle] has to work on some of the nuances of his game," Scarborough wrote, "but if he does that, then there’s no reason to believe he can't be an All-SEC player by season’s end." Last season, the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder caught 27 passes for 389 yards and six touchdowns. That came with Hunter Henry taking the bulk of the work at tight end for Arkansas. Henry was drafted by the Chargers in April. With the deck cleared, this will be Sprinkle's show in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 2:40 PM

Mel Kiper lists Arkansas senior edge rusher Deatrich Wise No. 24 overall on his Big Board.

"Things really started to click for Wise as a pass-rusher last season, as he piled up 8.0 sacks in conference play," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wise did all of his 2015 damage while playing in less than 50 percent of the team's defensive snaps. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted him No. 28 to the Panthers in a 2017 mock draft.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 5:36 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that "[the team has] a certain amount of trust and faith in [redshirt junior QB Austin Allen]."

"I think the guys on the team, they respond to him," Bielema said. He named Allen -- younger brother of Brandon Allen -- the starting quarterback in mid-April. Per Bielema, Austin is more outgoing than older brother Brandon, with the latter a bit more calculating and logical. Allen (younger species) doesn't have a huge body of work behind him, having only attempted 19 passes in his career. Despite the lack of starting reps, Bielema said, "He's a confident kid, he carries himself well. He's not cocky, he's confident, and I think there's a big difference."
May 15 - 2:49 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema is in favor of undrafted underclassmen being able to return to school.

As is, the NCAA strips any player declaring for the draft of their collegiate eligibility. Speaking on the Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly show, Bielema name-checked Auburn HC Gus Malzahn, Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen and Ohio State HC Urban Meyer as coaches he wants to get in touch with regarding the issue. "Those coaches, I'm reaching out to them and trying to put together some collective thoughts on how to approach it," Bielema said. "Now, some kids maybe had to move on for academic reasons or personal reasons ... But if you have a guy like Denver [Kirkland] who's on progression to graduate, is doing the right things and just needs another year..."
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 8:09 PM

Arkansas senior EDGE Deatrich Wise cracked the late first round in Josh Norris' first 2017 mock draft exercise.

"Wise played in less than 50 percent of Arkansas’ defensive snaps last season, but his pass rushing impact was major," Norris wrote, slotting him No. 28 to the Panthers. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wise ranked No. 39 in the FBS with eight sacks last year. Most impressive about that figure is that all eight came in SEC play. Wise earned Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team honors for his work last year.
Source: Rotoworld
May 9 - 7:35 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior WR Keon Hatcher underwent a second surgical procedure on his foot.

Hatcher posted a picture on Snapchat of himself with a boot on the left foot and in a video, said, "So, I had surgery on my foot." This is the second surgery that the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout has undergone on that hoof. He initially broke it against Toledo in the second game of the 2015 campaign and later underwent season-ending surgery. The NCAA subsequently gave him a medical redshirt for the campaign. In a healthy 2014, he recorded 43 catches for 558 yards and six touchdowns.
Source: SEC Country
May 5 - 8:03 PM


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